LIFTA - 2014
Lifta is a site on the outskirts of Jerusalem that dates back thousands of years.
During Israel's War of Independence in 1948-49 the village, that was inhabited by a Palestinian community, was forcibly depopulated. It is the only Arab village near Jerusalem that has not been completely destroyed and erased from the map.
Today Israelis visit the area to picnic, bathe in the ancient natural spring and hang out around the crumbling ruins of old arab houses. Religious Jews perform a ritual washing in the pool and some of the houses are occupied by hermits and settlers.
Lifta is a place where the history of the land is still visible and different layers of time and conflict mix with one another. Different narratives draw their symbols and traditions atop of another, in an effort to justify their presence while refuting the other.